Dayspring’s Honors High School program provides a distinctive educational experience for high-achieving and academically-gifted students. We offer an enhanced college-prep curriculum to which students apply themselves with all diligence toward excellence in Christian character and scholarly pursuits.
✓ Who & When: 10th-12th Grades 5 Days/Week, End of August – Beginning of June
✓ College Prep Stats: During the 2018-2019 school year, 31% of sophomores, 48% of juniors, and 56% of Dayspring seniors took college-level courses
✓ Location: Conveniently located just 1 minute from the Mountville exit of Route 30 in Lancaster County, PA
Dayspring Christian Academy’s Honors High School can also be called a “college prep high school“. It’s an important element in our mission to prepare students to be citizens of excellence in Christian character and scholarship. Classes in the Honors High School program are specially designed to meet the needs of academically-gifted and high-performing students.
Honors High School Courses differ from traditional courses in that they foster a greater degree of independent scholarship grounded in inquiry (a crucial skill associated with scientific discovery), creative design, and lifelong learning.
Traditional High School: It’s common and appropriate for teachers to present a concept or skill, have students learn and practice said concept or skill, then show students how to apply what they’ve learned.
Honors High School: Teachers become more like coaches who “guide from the side.” Instead of providing students with questions and assigning the same analysis task to all, teachers in the Honors High School encourage students to ask the questions and to design and carry out their own plans for analytical, evaluative, and creative projects.
To get students ready for college (and life after), the Honors High School helps students hone creativity and inquiry-based learning skills: those associated with artistry, scientific discovery, invention, and lifelong learning.
Several years ago, 10th grade students in the Honors British Literature class were asked to generate questions and devise means of expressing mastery of concepts and content in response to their readings for the Anglo-Saxon Unit.
When students are encouraged to discern their own applications for what they have learned, their motivation, scholarship, and joy for academics increases exponentially!
To provide an academically-focused high school education that:
Dayspring’s average SAT scores are typically about 100 points higher than the national average. This is a reflection of our students’ commitment to working as unto the Lord in school and the preparation that we offer as students prepare for college. Dayspring high school students have the opportunity to earn up to 30 college credits before graduation through our dual enrollment program with Cairn University and our stellar AP courses. Many of our students arrive at college already having earned a full semester of credits!
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Our rigorous curriculum encompasses core courses from Algebra through Calculus and Statistics, from Earth Science through Physics, from Biology to Anatomy & Physiology. Students are equipped with truth as they explore the rudiments of American history and our form of republicanism.
To learn more, view our full Course Catalog!
In-depth field studies in high school include the study of the rudiments of American history in studies to Boston; Plymouth, MA; New York City; and Washington, D.C. The Dayspring high school student’s Senior year is culminated with a 10-day study in Israel. We call this trip “the final Dayspring classroom.” Learn why in this blog.
Athletics include boys soccer, girls lacrosse, golf, boys and girls basketball, girls volleyball, and track and field. High School students may also participate in any sport at McCaskey High School through our cooperative sponsorship.
Electives and clubs include worship team, pinewood derby, music-based clubs such as strings and ukulele, history, science clubs, games, cooking, newspaper, yearbook, student government, and so much more!
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There’s several college prep schools in Lancaster County… why should parents choose Dayspring? The answer is simple: our method of education makes all the difference. The Principle Approach teaches students to think and reason from God’s Word and apply biblical principles to every area of their lives. With this worldview, students learn to and are able to think logically. Reasoning from God’s Word brings a biblical perspective to their studies, situations, decisions, and key areas of life. A student using the Principle Approach can view the world through the lens of the Bible, bringing transformation in character, behavior, and scholarship extending into every area of life.